Not even the threat of rain could keep Braden Tamosaitis from smiling on Tuesday afternoon.
Eight-year old Braden was one of 11 Riley Hospital patients and families to receive VIP treatment on Tuesday.
“It’s a really special experience, especially for my son. He’s the sports fan of the family, especially a Colts fan,” Kevin Tamosaitis, Braden’s father said
“He’s just enthralled by anything Colts so for him to be able to come out and meet Coach Pagano and be able to do the things that he’s going to be able to do is special for all of us.”
The afternoon started with families arriving to Colts training camp around 2 p.m. and touring Colts City.
After that it was time to head out to practice where the children and families sat in a special tent reserved for them and enjoyed food and drinks before taking the field after the final horn sounded.
Colts players and head coach Chuck Pagano then welcomed the children into their team huddle.
“There are no greater warriors than these warriors right here,” Pagano said with the kids circled around him.
“No matter what the circumstances are, battling what they are battling, never take a day for granted. It’s so good to have you guys here. We’ve got the upmost respect for you guys and we are so glad you could join us.”
Next up was a breakdown of the team huddle before players and Pagano hung around for individual pictures with each kid.
“It’s an honor to have those kids from Riley coming out here,” Pagano said. “They’re an inspiration to us, just to see them fight and how strong and come out here with smiles on their faces and the way they attack the bully that they’re battling.”
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Mother Nature held off long enough on Tuesday as the Colts got through their first padded practice of the year.
The hitting was revved up during the afternoon practice with the running game being the focal point.
Here are three takeaways from day three…
Physicality taken to another level: The first of nine padded practices are in the books after Tuesday’s afternoon session.
The hitting started early and often with 1-on-1 drills between the running backs and linebackers and then the offensive and defensive lines.
Some of the biggest hits on the afternoon came from inside linebacker Kavell Conner and new safety LaRon Landry.
It might not have the excitement of a two-minute drill but watching blocking drills can be very telling of who will see playing time on a team that has preached physicality since the start of training camp .
Over the next few weeks the competition should separate themselves with the running game continued to be focused on with the padded practices underway.
Josh McNary can still ride this bike: The Colts welcomed linebacker Josh McNary fresh off his service in the Army.
McNary trotted out to practice early in the afternoon and wasted no time making an impression.
He dominated his first two reps in one-on-one drills and showed the pass rushing prowess that led him to set Army’s school record for sacks (28.0).
Ryan Grigson told McNary before practice that being back out on the football field “would be like riding a bike” and the 251-pound outside linebacker agreed with that sentiment following his first NFL practice.
McNary’s progress will be interesting to watch at one of the Colts deepest positions.
Depth on lines critical moving forward: Perhaps no position on the football field has to rely on more bodies during the course of the game than the defensive line.
After day one, it’s pretty clear the Colts have a ton of defensive line depth with rookies Montori Hughes and Bjoern Werner (with his hand on the ground) winning a majority of their reps.
Having guys like Josh Chapman, Drake Nevis and Hughes not running with the first team just shows how deep the line can be.
On the other side of the ball, the Colts are still waiting to see what they have in picks Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes.
Thornton is nursing an ankle injury that he suffered late last week.
Holmes now joins his fellow rookie on the sideline after the Colts fourth round draft pick left Tuesday’s afternoon practice with a right ankle injury.
Joe Reitz seems to be firmly entrenched as the Colts sixth offensive lineman, seeing some time in jumbo packages on Tuesday.
Tags: Bjoern Werner, drake nevis, Hugh Thornton, josh chapman, josh mcnary, kavell conner, khaled holmes, laron landry, Montori Hughes
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The Indianapolis Colts today rescinded the waivers on linebacker C.O. Prime and he remains on the 90-man active roster. The team also placed nose tackle Brandon McKinney on Injured Reserve.
McKinney was originally signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on April 5, 2012. In 61 career games played (six starts), he has recorded 82 tackles (42 solo), two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also has appeared in seven postseason games, totaling nine tackles (five solo), one pass defensed and one fumble recovery.
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The Indianapolis Colts today announced that linebacker Josh McNary has been reinstated from the Reserve/Military List to the 90-man active roster. The team also waived linebacker C.O. Prime.
McNary, 6-0, 251 pounds, finished his career as Army’s all-time leader in sacks (28.0) and tackles for loss (49), while adding 195 tackles (117 solo), nine passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He is the only player in school history to record two double-digit sack seasons and also holds school records for the most sacks in a single game (4.0) and a single season (12.5).
As a senior in 2010, McNary capped off his career by returning a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown in the Black Knights’ 16-14 victory over Southern Methodist University in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The win gave Army its first winning season since 1996 and first postseason victory since the 1985 Peach Bowl.
Following his senior year, McNary was honored with the 2011 East-West Shrine Game Pat Tillman Award, given to the player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service. The award is about a student-athlete’s achievements and conduct, both on and off the field. Upon his graduation from West Point, McNary was commissioned as an officer in the Army, which prevented him from being selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Prime was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013. He started 38-of-45 games at Wagner College and registered 297 tackles (111 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, seven passes defensed and two interceptions.
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Another day down at Colts training camp. The news of Monday came with LaVon Brazill addressing his four-game suspension, Andrew Luck’s day on the practice field, Donald Thomas’ journey to playing football and what Robert Mathis main goal is in 2013.
Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?
Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, July 30th.
By: Associated Press, ESPN.com
Second-year wide receiver LaVon Brazill addressed the media on Monday morning for the first time since it was announced he would miss the first four games of the regular season.
The second-year Colts receiver insisted it’s an easy choice: He’ll take money over marijuana any day.
On Monday, Brazill promised to avoid any more off-the-field missteps as he made his first public comments since the NFL imposed a four-game suspension for a failed drug test. Brazill admitted he alone was to blame and said he has promised the Colts it won’t happen again.
“I know any one of you would choose money any day, so that’s gone and I’m choosing money any day,” Brazill said Monday after Indianapolis’ morning walkthrough at Anderson University
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Chappell’s daily look at Colts training camp includes the numbers for Andrew Luck after Day Two, along with a new piece of clothing that has been spotted around Colts camp.
QB Andrew Luck seemed to use every option at his disposal during 7-on-7 and team drills, connecting with eight receivers, but he ended the day on a sour note. His final pass in a two-minute drill was intercepted by CB Darius Butler. On the day, Luck completed 27-of-43 passes. WR T.Y. Hilton provided the catch of the day, a diving grab in front of the bleachers.
Luck’s two-day totals: 49-of-77, two TDs, two interceptions.
Another season, another motivational T-shirt. Players are wearing a T-shirt that has a hand grasping the Lombardi Trophy and the words ‘Hoist It!’ on the back. The ultimate goal is doing precisely that Feb. 2 at Super Bowl XLVIII. Last summer, players wore a T-shirt that featured a poll listing the Colts No. 32 in a power ranking.
By: Michael Pointer, Indy Star
Pointer has an in-depth feature into Donald Thomas journey from a college walk-on who was found during a pickup basketball game.
A few Connecticut football players urged Thomas to try out for the team and with that came a Division I career followed by a starting job in the NFL.
“I never had aspirations of playing in the NFL,” Thomas said during a recent interview in the Colts locker room. “Even when I came back for my senior year, before the season started, I didn’t know I had a shot.
“I was just cool with coming back, finishing my (political science) degree and maybe going to law school.”
Thomas’ college coach Randy Edsall said it was a no-brainer to give the 6-4, 250-pound freshman a tryout.
“With that kind of a body, I didn’t have to think very long about giving him a chance,” Edsall said. “We knew he was a hard worker once we saw him in the weight room. If a player is going to do that, to try to develop himself before we’ve got a chance to work with him, you knew he had a tremendous work ethic.”
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
Robert Mathis is a man of few words but like Chuck Pagano says, when he speaks people listen.
That was the case on Monday as Mathis was the focal point following the morning walk-through.
He’s arguably gotten better with age, being selected to the Pro Bowl in four of the past five seasons, and he needs just 8.5 sacks to join Freeney as the only players in franchise history with 100 career quarterback takedowns.
But, true to form, that’s not at the forefront of Mathis’ mind.
“That’s a secondary goal,” he said. “The goal is to get to New York in February (for the Super Bowl). If getting five sacks or 15 sacks is what’s going to get us there, then so be it.”
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